WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- After two rounds of play in the men's CAA golf championship UNCW senior Josh Brock holds a one shot lead in the individual competition. Brock is a graduate of New Hanover High School. Brock is ranked 99th in the nation in Golf Week's most recent rankings.
UNC Wilmington continued its strong play during the second round of the 2011 CAA Men's Golf Championship to hold onto their team lead with a score of 587 after Saturday's play. The Seahawks are led by Josh Brock, who currently stands in first place with a two-day score of 72-71-143 (-1).
The Seahawks, which posted 293 on Saturday, have a 10-stroke lead over second-place George Mason (597). VCU has posted a two-day score of 600 to jump to third place, while James Madison fell to fourth (604) after first-round leader Chad Mozingo had to withdraw on Saturday due to an injury. Old Dominion (605) will enter the final round in fifth place, William & Mary (609) is sixth and Georgia State is seventh with a team score of 612. Delaware (613, 8th), Towson (621, 9th), Drexel (643, 10th) and Hofstra (655, 11th) round out the team scoring after two rounds. The 54-hole championship will be completed on Sunday.
The CAA women's golf tournament is also being played in Pinehurst. The UNCW women’s golf team combined for a team total 306 Saturday and sits in fourth place following the second round of the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Golf Championships on the No. 6 Course of the Pinehurst Resort.
“I was very pleased with how we competed today,” said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. “It was great to see Laverry (Kumar) and Lori Beth (Adams) bounce back and help the team. We were better balanced through the lineup and that helped a lot. As was the case on Friday, we played really well on the front nine, making the turn at six-over-par. The back side is playing tough for us. We did extremely well playing the par 3's as a team and that is an area we will have to continue to do well at in order to complete for the title.”
UNCW enter Sunday’s final round with a 36-hole total of 618 (312-306), three shots back of Xavier, who carded a team total 302 in the second round to jump from six place into first with a tournament result of 615 (313-302). James Madison (312-305) and two-time defending champion Georgia State (307-310) are two shots back of the Musketeers in a tie for second.
“Sunday’s final round will be a shootout with the top four teams all within three shots of each other,” said UNCW Ho. “Our goal tomorrow, since we are not with the leaders, will be to post the best score we possibly can. We are off first in front of the leaders and need to come out strong and get off to another good start.”
Freshman Laverry Kumar posted a one-over-par 73 to lead the Seahawks in the second as she moved into a five-way tie for second that features teammates junior Sofia Hagsund (75-78) and freshman Jeanne Metivier (74-79) at nine-over-par. Freshman Lori Beth Adams (83-76=159/T-21st) and senior Cristina Manrique (87-80=167/39th) rounded out the Seahawks entry. Final round action gets underway Sunday at 8am.
The CAA tennis championships for both men and women are being held this weekend in Norfolk, Virginia.
The William and Mary women's tennis team moved on to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship match for the second straight season with a 4-0 win over No. 4-seeded and No. 74-ranked UNC Wilmington on Saturday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center. The Green and Gold took the doubles point before senior Lauren Sabacinski , sophomore Anik Cepeda and freshman Jeltje Loomans cemented the team triumph with singles victories. The Tribe won its sixth straight match in improving to 15-8 on the season, while UNCW fell to 22-5.
The Tribe used the same doubles formula as the quarterfinal victory over Drexel, claiming wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 posts. Junior Katie Kargl and sophomore Marlen Mesgarzadeh gave the College the early lead with their fourth straight win, downing Christina Lee and Lindsey Leblang, 8-3, at the No. 2 position. The Second-Team All-CAA Tribe pair improved to 7-5 on the year.
Trailing 5-2 at the No. 3 spot, Loomans and Sabacinski rallied with six straight games to clinch the initial point of the match for the College in downing Kelly Cameron and Chelsea Kahle, 8-5. The W&M pair continued its remarkable run, winning for the 10th straight time in improving to 11-1 on the year.
Sabacinski carried the momentum over into her singles affair, steamrolling Kahle at the No. 5 singles position to increase the Tribe lead to 2-0. The Tribe senior dropped only one game over her two sets on the way to a 6-1, 6-0 triumph. Sabacinski improved to 7-3 on the year and 3-1 at the No. 5 spot as she won for the fifth time in her last six match, including each of the last three. It marked her 70th career singles win.
The Tribe advances to Sunday's CAA Championship against No. 3-seeded and No. 65-ranked Georgia State. The match is slated for a 10 a.m. start at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk. The Panthers upset No. 2-seeded and No. 35-ranked VCU, 4-2, in the other semifinal.
#1 William and Mary 4, #4 UNC Wilmington 0
No. 1 - Olga Blank (UNCW) vs. Hope Johnson (W&M) - 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
No. 2 - Marlen Mesgarzadeh (W&M) vs. Christina Lee (UNCW) - 7-6 (6), 0-1, unfinished
No. 3 - Jeltje Loomans (W&M) def. Angela Sekely (UNCW) - 7-5, 6-2
No. 4 - Anike Cepeda (W&M) def. Kelly Cameron (UNCW) - 6-2, 7-5
No. 5 - Lauren Sabacinski (W&M) def. Chelsea Kahle (UNCW) - 6-1, 6-0
No. 6 - Lindsey Leblang (UNCW) vs. Katie Kargl (W&M) - 6-2, 2-3, unfinished
Finishing Order: 5, 4, 3*
No. 1 - #30 Cepeda/Johnson (W&M) vs. Blank/Sekely (UNCW) - 7-4, unfinished
No. 2 - Kargl/Mesgarzadeh (W&M) def. Lee/Leblang (UNCW) - 8-3
No. 3 - Loomans/Sabacinski (W&M) def. Kahle/Cameron (UNCW) - 8-5
Finishing Order: 2, 3*
The UNC Wilmington men's tennis team is still in contention to win the CAA men's tennis title. No. 3 seed UNCW moved one step closer to its second conference men's tennis title in three years by clipping No. 2 Georgia State, 4-2, in the semifinals of the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Men's Tennis Championships on Saturday at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
The 46th-ranked Seahawks won their sixth straight match to hike their record to 20-4 heading into Sunday's 1 p.m. match against top-seeded VCU. The 22-5 Rams knocked off rival William & Mary, 4-3, in Saturday's other semifinal.
GSU dropped to 21-7 with the loss to the Seahawks in the semifinals.
"Today was a great college tennis match," said fourth-year UNCW coach Mait DuBois, whose team avenged a 4-3 loss to the 65th-ranked Panthers on March 20 in Wilmington. "The quality of tennis was extremely high. Hat's off to Georgia State's team for really competing hard and playing a great match."
UNCW took command early on Saturday by winning the first two doubles matches off the court. The No. 1 tandem of Kinshuk Sharma and Chris Cooprider trimmed Victor Valente and Thomas Cook, 8-6, and the No. 2 team of Illia Ziamtsou and Kosta Blank clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 decision over Breon Badger and Vincent Verpeaux.
Verpeaux evened the score at 1-all with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Blank at No. 5 singles before Rafael Aita routed Juan Pablo Gutierrez, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 4 singles and Cooprider avenged a loss to Badger last month, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 3 slot to give the Seahawks a 3-1 advantage. However, Cook tripped up Michael Pereira, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 2 singles to slice the lead to 3-2.
"We were up by one point, but had lost the first set on the two remaining courts," DuBois reflected. "It's the kind of situation where you're happy to have two seniors on the court in a big situation. Both of them showed a lot of heart today and I couldn't be more proud of them."
Sharma lost the first set at No. 1 singles to Valente in a tie-breaker, 7-6 (6), before rallying for a 6-3 win in the second set. Trailing, 5-3, in the decisive set, the Chandigarh, India, netter reeled off four straight games to win the final set, 7-5, and clinch the match.
Ziamtsou, meanwhile, also dropped his first set, 6-0, before taking a 6-4 score in the second set and leading, 3-0, in the third set before the match was halted.
"I was impressed with how both Rafael and Chris came out today," DuBois added. "They had both lost last time we played GSU and they came out fired up today and won in straight sets."
The win over the Panthers sets up a rematch of the 2009 championship when the Seahawks prevailed in a tight match. The 45th-ranked Rams have won 12 of the last 15 CAA titles and are appearing in the CAA finals for the 15th time in the last 16 years.
UNCW's baseball game with Hofstra was rained out on Saturday. Game three of the series will be played Sunday afternoon.
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